In downtown Franklin, Tennessee, there sits a statue of an unnamed black Union soldier. It is dedicated to all enslaved troops who served in the Civil War and has an inscription that reads, “Freedom, Liberty, Equality.” The monument was erected in 2021 and is positioned directly across from the town’s memorial to Confederate soldiers at the center of Franklin’s historic rotary.
The juxtaposition is a poignant reminder of our nation’s fight for our founding ideals, while the engraving draws on the American belief that all men are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights from their Creator.
What you will not find on the 2021 statute is the word “equity.”
The term “equity” is ubiquitous these days because the Biden administration has made it a cornerstone of